Eliminate Residential Chaos
Eliminate Residential Chaos




Kitchen Design by Provanti Designs – Gail Monica Dent ⚬ John G Wilbanks Photography


 In this issue

Featured Article:  

When Everything Has a Place, It's Easier to  Put Everything in it's Place

The kitchen is the one room of the home that all family members use every day – yet so often it is one of the most inefficient rooms in the house. Who wants to cook when you can’t find what you need? Life in the kitchen is much easier when you can find what you’re looking for and you know what food is in the cupboard or the pantry!

Here are a few tips that may help you create an enjoyable kitchen

  • Neatly stored items take up less space
  • Organize your kitchen so that the every day dishes, silverware and glasses are close to the sink and/or dishwasher
  • Coffee mugs…how many do you really need??? Think about those you use most often and how much space the rest consume
  • Square and rectangular containers take up less space than round
  • Go through cupboards and pantries once per year and toss what has not been used in a year
  • Don’t purchase products in bulk unless you have a place to store them
  • Small appliances you use often should be accessible – relocate appliances to hard to reach places that you do not use often
  • Put canned goods with canned goods and boxes with boxes, etc. Break each down by category, such as fruits, vegetables, soups, beans, pasta, snack foods, etc…
  • Install slide-out drawers in cupboards to easily access pots, pans, plastic containers, etc…
  • Can’t install slide out drawers? Use clear plastic boxes that can hold similar items, such as pasta, rice, snacks, baking goods – this way you can pull them all of the shelf at one time

With just a few hours of time and some products to help you organize – you’ll be well on your way to a kitchen that you can enjoy spending time in. It’s amazing the number of kitchen organizing products to help you control kitchen clutter – too many to mention all of them here.

Some of my favorite products are listed below 

You may even find uses for these products in areas of your home – besides the kitchen!

1. Turntables – Found in a variety of sizes, materials and colors, turntables are one of the best ways altto organize bottles, jars, cans, spices – or anything that you do not want to get shoved to the back of the cupboard. Use one 21" in diameter under your kitchen sink to keep all of the cleaning supplies on so you don’t have to crawl under your sink, or put one in that cabinet above the refrigerator to access those hard to reach items – without having to climb on a stool. They also work wonders in upper corner cabinets. Try putting two side by side if necessary and don’t worry about not being able to see the entire turntable – just give it a spin and you’ll see the rest!

Turntables also work well in large medicine cabinets or in laundry rooms for cleaning supplies.

2. Tea Bag Storage – Wouldn't it be great to be able to offer your guest a variety of tea without having to dig for all of the tea boxes? Just place some of each of your favorites into the container and impress your guests.alt

3. Microwave Plate Cover – Tired of cleaning your microwave after the lunch you are making exploded? Cover your leftovers with a plate cover. To ensure that all family member use it, store it in the microwave so that in order to cook, you must move the cover first!alt

4. 3-tier Expanding Shelf – Never sure if you have tomato soup on hand when you want a grilled cheese sandwich? Use an expanding, tiered shelf to solve the mystery. It’s like having a set of bleachers for your canned goods and spices.


5. Drawer Doubler – Maximize the space in your drawers with a drawer doubler. It’s adjustable to fit the width of your drawer and has individual compartments. It’s perfect for use in a kitchen junk drawer – who said your junk drawer needed to look junky? It also works well in the drawer that contains all of your kitchen utensils.

6. Grocery Bag Holder – Not only useful in the kitchen, but also a must for the laundry room if you altuse grocery bags to clean out the litter box! They also are useful in the bathroom under the sink. Mount on insides of doors, pantries or on the wall – or purchase the one that sits on a flat surface.

Tip: Resist the urge to keep every bag – there will always be more!

7. Packet Storage – Excellent for quickly being able to put your hands on sauce, soup or drink mixes! They come in a variety of sizes and can either sit on a shelf, or some can be affixed to the door of a cupboard or wall in the pantry.

8. Cover Holder – Do the plastic lids from your storage containers drive you nuts because you’re never sure what to do with them? Install a door mounted plastic cover holder and never wonder again where the lid is to your container. If this product won’t solve your problem – simply use one of the larger plastic containers to store the lids in.

Last but not least, be sure to take an honest look at what you are currently storing in your kitchen. Ask yourself; ‘when was the last time I used this?’ "Will I ever use it again?" If the answer is "I can’t remember" or "No" then it may be time to let it go and make room for what you use everyday.

Note:  All products shown here are available at Organize.

 ã 2007 Eliminate Chaos, LLC


New Class:  Organizing with Laura - Real Life Strategies & Techniques

I am very excited to announce our newest class offering - this one you will not want to miss!

For the first time ever, I will be offering classes in my home - using the organizing techniques I have used over the years to keep all areas of the home, offices and garage organized.

Classes will be limited to 10 people only to ensure enough time for questions and so that everyone is able to see all organizing techniques in each room. 

Your registration fee of $99/person includes

  • A copy of:  Eliminate Chaos...The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home & Life
  • An in-depth understanding of the 10 Steps Needed to Organize any Room in Your Home
  • Tour of the following areas with time to answer questions:
    • Kitchen & Pantry
    • Laundry Room
    • Master Closet
    • Linen Closet
    • Home Office / Including Paper Files
    • Garage
  • Product Discussion
  • Lunch for Weekday Class
  • Snack for Weekend Class
  • Coffee/Tea/Soda

Class Dates:  Thursday, September 20th from 10am - 2pm          Register 

                     Sunday, October 28th from 12pm - 4pm                 Register


New Blog:  Organizing with Laura

I am pleased to announce my new blog:  Organizing with Laura

I plan to write new posts two to three times per week - so check back often, or subscribe to the RSS feeds and have the new posts automatically delivered to your email inbox.

I welcome your feedback and posts on our blog - and if there is something you want me to write about - just let me know.

You will also notice that Eliminate Chaos' look is changing - we recently had our logo redesigned and we are working on incorporating it into all of our materials.


New Teleseminars:  Free Garage Organizing Teleseminar 

I am excited to share with you a new way to help kick start your organizing projects - all at no charge to you!

What:  Eliminate Chaos...In Your Garage with Laura Leist and featuring special guest Barry Izsak, Author of Organize Your Garage...In No Time


When:  Tuesday, August 22nd 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Length:  1 hour

Limited to the first 200 phone lines or listen via the web! Click here to Register today.

Barry Izsak is the Author of "Organize Your Garage...In No Time." 

Barry is also the Immediate Past altPresident of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers).  Barry and I are teaming up to help you eliminate the clutter and chaos in your garage...in no time.  We know that organizing your garage can seem overwhelming.  Many just don't know where to start.  By attending this seminar you will receive ideas to help kick-start your garage organizing project - before the days of summer and the great weather is past.  Dont' be caught out in the cold organizing your garage this year...get started now!

When you register for the teleseminar, you will have the opportunity to submit your questions before the teleseminar.  Barry and I will attempt to answer as many questions as possible during the hour long seminar.  We won't be able to answer them all, so be one of the first to submit your question so it gets answered.

If you are not able to attend the seminar during this time - don't worry, we will make the seminar available to all that signed up for the seminar so even if you can't attend you can download it and listen to it on your MP3 player or PC.

To purchase a copy of Barry's book "Organize Your Garage...In No Time" click here.

To purchase a copy of Laura's book "Eliminate Chaos...The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home & Life" click here. (Includes information on organizing your garage.)


Moving & Relocation Services  

Planning an upcoming move?  Eliminate Chaos Specialist are available to work with you Pre-Move, Day-of-Move and Post-Move to ensure a smooth transition into your new home or office.  Whether you're moving locally, out of state, or into the state - we can assist you with part or all of your move.  Because we have a large team of Specialists that are employees of Eliminate Chaos, you can be sure that your treasures will be well taken care of.


To give you an idea of how we can help eliminate the headaches associated with moving you will find a partial list of services we can help with.  For additional information, please contact our office at 425.670.2551 or 877.342.8592.

Pre-Move Services

Project Planning and Scheduling

Downsizing & Decluttering so you don't pay to move what you no longer need

Vendor Coordination with our Preferred List of Providers; such as:  Closet Companies, Garage Products, House Cleaners, Carpet Cleaners, Window Washers, Yard Services, Handyman, Lock Smith, Art Installation, Painter, Trash Removers and more!

Space Planning in New Home - before your things arrive

Day-of-Move Services

Work with Movers to ensure proper placement of furniture and boxes according to plan

Hands-on Organizing of your belongings into their new homes

Post-Move Services

Hands-on Organizing of your belongings into their new homes

Continued Vendor Coordination

Who Benefits?

Families merging homes

Dual Career Families

Companies that relocate employees

Anyone wanting to ensure boxes are unpacked and items find homes immediately

Individuals that need to temporarily relocate for a remodel

Individuals that are looking to downsize, move to adult communities, assisted living or elder care

Children of parents that don't have time to do the work with their parents


IKEA 2007-2008 Seminar Schedule

September 2, 2007:  Eliminate Office Chaos

November 10, 2007:  Eliminate Chaos...During the Holidays

January 19, 2008:  Eliminate Chaos...In Your Home & Life

February 16, 2208:  Eliminate Chaos...In Your Closet

March 22, 2008:  Eliminate Chaos...In Your Garage

April 19, 2008:  Eliminate Chaos...In Your Kitchen

Click here for seminar times and locations.


Class Schedule:  Discover U

September 6, 2007  6:30-8:30pm:  Downsizing:  Less Stuff = Less Stress     NEW Class

September 13, 2007  6:30-8:30pm:  Eliminate Paper Chaos 

Click here to Register 


In the Media:  Seattle Metropolitan Magazine - July 2007alt


Seattle Metropolitan Magazine listed Eliminate Chaos in their "Best of the City" issue for Organizing Companies to work with.





Coming Soon:  Microsoft Outlook Webinars for Versions 2003 & 2007

We are currently working on setting up the technology to deliver Webinars on Microsoft Outlook and will be announcing dates in the near future.  We realize that many subscribers to our newsletter are not located in the Greater Seattle area, but want to take advantage of this training from your Home Office or Office.

In the mean time, if your company is looking for Outlook Training that will help increase productivity in the office, please contact me directly at to see how I can customize a program for your organization for an individual. 


Give the Gift of Organization

Not sure what to give that loved one?  Don't want to give them any more "stuff" they may not need or want?  Gift Certificates make a great gift - enable those you love to take control of their time, their space and their stuff.  Contact our office for pricing. 425.670.2551 



 Best Regards - and Happy Organizing,



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  • Business Services
    • Paper Flow and Information Management
    • Workspace Organization and Space Planning
    • Productivity Assessments
    • Microsoft Business Contact Manager
    • Microsoft Exchange Migrations
  • Visit our business services site